Officers from the Specialist Crime and Operations Directorate have received a total of 84 complaints of electoral malpractice in relation to the borough of Tower Hamlets.
Following a thorough assessment of all complaints, it has been determined that in the majority of cases there is no evidence that any criminal offences have been committed.
A number of complaints received relate to alleged behaviour of campaigners at polling stations in Tower Hamlets on 22 May and these are currently being assessed in conjunction with our partners. There was a strong police prescience on polling day with an officer posted to each polling station on the borough. We are also working with our partners to deliver a robust policing plan concerning the Tower Hamlets by-election on 3 July.
There are currently eight investigations ongoing in relation to Tower Hamlets. These refer to one allegation of failing to put a correct imprint on election literature; one of making a false statement about a candidate; four of false declarations on nomination papers; and two relating to postal voting.
Two arrests have been made in connection with these ongoing investigations.
On 13 May a 38-year-old man was arrested in Tower Hamlets on suspicion of an offence under the Representation of the People Act 1983 in connection with an allegation of potential false declarations on nomination forms. He was taken into custody and subsequently released pending further inquiries. Next due on a date in late June.
On 3 June a 24-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of conspiracy to defraud in relation to postal vote applications. He was taken into custody and subsequently bailed to return pending further inquiries. Next due on a date in mid July.
In addition to the eight investigations outlined above, officers are investigating a further six election-related offences Met-wide.
These relate to four allegations of false declarations on nomination papers; one allegation of bribery; and one of forgery.
In relation to the above investigations, on 13 May a 33-year-old man was arrested in Enfield on suspicion of an offence under the Representation of the People Act 1983 in connection with an allegation of potential false declarations on nomination forms. He was taken into custody and subsequently released pending further inquiries. Next due on a date in late June.
Three further males have been interviewed under caution – two in connection with allegations of making a false statement on nomination forms; and one for forgery.
All allegations are being assessed by a dedicated team of seven specialist officers experienced in investigating allegations of this nature. They continue to work closely with the Electoral Commission and would encourage anyone who wishes to report an offence to contact their local police or call 101.